Supporting Naturalization and Civic Engagement with API communities

Belles work addressed the lack of collaboration and coalition building between different ethnicities within the Asian American Pacific Islander communities on and off campus, especially in immigration communities. She also addressed the language barrier that one must overcome to pass the naturalization test, and strived to ease the economic barriers that arise in the process of taking and passing the naturalization test, by offering free and incentivized naturalization exam preparation courses. As part of the program, Belle wanted to heighten and promote civic engagement on the part of those she served so that they would be empowered and know what rights and privileges they have as citizens and how to utilize those rights and privileges, especially the right to vote.

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